Ha. Thanks all! I'm up in NJ pretty often, but doubt I could swing project time for those trips. Ah well!
Either way; I'll be asking plenty of questions; just always nice to have some hands-on time with more experience than I.
edit: Just saw Bud's post. Thanks for the comments. I know that I'll do best by investing time in myself and others to learn, rather than just contract everything out. It's a bit rough to approach totally green, doubly do because I dont want to ruin anything - but that's the nature of it.
Career wise I've been entirely self-taught by investing time and effort and learning from those around me. Sadly it's not home/DIY related, but I'd really like to apply some of the same approaches to learning this stuff.